Shimano Tyrnos Overhead Fishing Reel – Big Game Fishing Favorite
The Shimano Tyrnos Overhead Fishing Reel is a personal favorite of mine - I have owned one for over 10 years and it is my go to reel when it comes to targeting big offshore fish like tuna or mackerel. If you want to get a top quality game fishing reel, then the Tyrnos should be your first product to look at.
I have even used this reel to chase Black Marlin (although I haven't caught one yet!), so you know it is of the highest quality.
Remember - this is a heavy duty reel and can handle even the biggest fish you will encounter. The largest reel, the Tyrnos 50 weighs over 3.5 pounds! It can also hold over 600 yards of 50 pound mono fishing line. This is a serious fishing reel for serious anglers, and is particularly popular among shark fishermen.
The reel is also available in smaller sizes as well, so don't be overwhelmed.
- Retrieve: Right, Gear Ratio: 5.0:1 / 2.0:1, Weight: 40.90 ounce
- Mono Line Capacity (lbs/yd): 30/600,40/450,50/350
- PowerPro Line Capacity (lbs/yd): 50/1330,65/960,80/790,100/665
The Shimano Tyrnos is specially designed to be tough enough to handle all that saltwater can throw at it. This is done through clever design and robust materials of construction. Some of its saltwater features include:
- Anti-rust bearings
- Diecast aluminum frame
- Stainless steel bearings
Although I always recommend flushing your reels with freshwater after use, the Shimano Tyrnos will not rust even if it is treated badly. I have had my Tyrnos for over a decade and it still looks good as new.
Two Speed Reel
The Tyrnos has a brilliant two speed reeling system. This means that you can rapidly retrieve when you are pulling in your lure, and then switch to heavy power when that big game fish bites. While this doesn't sound like much, when you are fishing massive fish the ability to change the gearing quickly is extremely powerful.
It is like a mountain bike in that regard - you can select the appropriate gear for whatever task you are doing which makes the whole day of fishing much easier and more successful.
The two speed drag system allows for on-the-fly adjustment to the drag without needing to check. Just swing the lever and you are good to go.
- 4 A-RB (Anti-Rust Bearings) ball bearings for saltwater durability
- Rugged diecast aluminium frame
- Stainless steel gearing
- Alternating Twin Pawl anti-reverse system
- Graphite side plates with aluminium braces
- Ergonomic power handle for more comfort and less casting fatigue
- 5.0:1 retrieve ratio (114 cm per crank)
- 15kg max drag (16.5 kg max drag strike)
- Line Capacity 23kg/320m (nylon) or 65lb/773m (braid)
- Weight - 1080g
The tyrnos also has a comfortable, oversize rubber handle. This is not to be underestimated - when you are retrieving a big game fish that can take over an hour, prioritizing comfort means you can go harder for longer. It also allows you to apply more power to the reel than your otherwise would be able to.
The handle will also not slip from your grip when you are covered in fish guts or sweat from a long battle.
This reel, like most overhead reels, is not designed for casting - in fact it would be absolutely horrible at it. It is perfect for dropping baits or trolling lures out the back of your boat. So make sure this suits your purposes before making a purchase.
Shimano Tyrnos Specifications
The Shimano Tyrnos comes in a variety of sizes and models, all of which comes with different specifications, so we felt it was worth while to list out the data below. Hopefully this will help you to make a decision on which reel is best suited for your requirements.
Max Drag (kg)
Mono Capacity (kg/m)
10 kg / 475m
10 kg / 640m
15 kg / 320m
24 kg / 640m
Shimano Tyrnos Video Review
The video below is an interested unboxing video of the Shimano Tyrnos 30. This just gives you an idea of exactly what you get and what comes in the box:
The Shimano Tyrnos is a true monster slaying overhead reel. It doesn't matter what big game fish you are targeting from Marlin to Sailfish or Tuna to Sharks. The smaller overhead reels are also great for bottom fishing for catfish, sturgeon, or reef fish.
The only thing you really need to pick is the size - from a Tyrnos 16 to a Tyrnos 50. The table above of the specifications is a good place to start, otherwise you may want to go check them out at your local tackle store.
Also make sure you select the correct overhead fishing rod to go with your reel. You don't want to pick a massive reel to put on a smaller rod or the other way around. Picking the right combination of rod, reel, and line is crucial to having success and getting the most out of your fishing adventures and your equipment.
For a long time Shimano Tyrnos Overhead Reel user I cannot recommend it strongly enough. I have pulled in countless tuna and other saltwater monsters and it has never let me down. Even after years of hard use it looks good as new due to its rust resistant properties and it feels like a brand new reel with its stainless steel bearings.
There are some good reviews on the internet from other anglers if you want a second opinion.
If you have tried a Tyrnos or have any other words of wisdom then please leave a comment below so more anglers can learn from your experience.